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Old 06-21-2011, 04:41 PM
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Model A Wheels

I am wondering if anyone out there knows how strong are original Model A Ford wheels. I am building what will be a stock, in appearance, 1930 Coupe and want to retain the 1930 spoke wheels. I am using an after market frame, with independent front suspension, disc brakes etc....etc... and don't want to over power or put too much weight on these wheels. I have other cars that go fast but this one will be more of a parade car and I am wondering if a small block Chevy will too much weight and power for the spoke wheels. If so I might look at a lightweight V6 or even a 4 Cyl engine to move this car around. One more question...has anyone come across 19" Model A wheels and tires that are wider that the original ? Any advice or info would be greatly appreciated.

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Your problem has many aspects.

1 ) Model A rims are the 5 on 5.5 wheel pattern and most disc brake rotors are NOT.

2 ) the rims are 80 plus years old ...

3 ) the rims were designed for 40 horsepower.

4 ) tires to fit the rims are small ... and are bias ply. Not very road friendly.



IMHO, a much better, ole timey wheel choice would be these



They can be bought NEW ... are built for today's tires and are much stronger, safer and yet still look old timey.

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I think that I will follow your advice and go with new wheels that look old !
Thanks for your response.
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I think that I will follow your advice and go with new wheels that look old !
Thanks for your response.
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Most don't know it but Ford put 14" wheels, the tires were called jumbo 14's. I have seen two sets of them one set on a Model A 2dr the other on a coupe, both street Rods. They were only 5 spoke but kind of neat looking. Sounds like you found yours, just thought I would bring it up.

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I too was not aware of the "Jumbo 14's" but got a kick out of checking them out on- line ! Thanks for the info.
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Deuce, what is the source of those wheels? Thanks!
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Pretty sure Wheel Vintiques sells them and also you can get them wider.
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My friend got his wire wheels from Rally America.
I have also bought steel rims ( non wire ) from them and their work is excellent.

http://www.rallyamerica.com/
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The wheel shown in post #2 looks very much like the wheels that Ford used in 1935. In the 1940s and 1950s the 1935 Ford wheels were often used on Model A Fords. They were strong wheels but they were 16" wheels. Those of us who wanted 15" wheels on our early Fords used 1949 to early 1951 Mercury wheels. The Merc wheels would not look out of place at all on a Model A Ford.
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If I were to build a parade car I would stick with the early ford front suspension as you can get disk brakes for those and they handle well when set up properly. Also the fenders fit without having to do a bunch of suspension gymnastics. BTW some of the early Ford guys who desire a later motor put in a 2.3 pinto motor which fits right in and maintains a more original appearance inn a full fendered resto car..

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There are two kinds of kelsey Haze wheels for ford, the straight spoke and the bent spoke. I believe the bent spoke are a little stronger but the straight spoke are a little more delicate looking. I run the bent spoke on my 4 by 4 flattie in my A coupe. If your not planning on stabbing it at every intersection you will be alright, I run the straight spoke on my A roadster on a 3/4 flattie. The spoke wheel esp. the original I think are a much better looking wheel for that old school look, plus there are not a lot of good ones left, the after market ones although are stronger they just do not look the same, and your wheels are usually the first thing you see when checking out someones ride................Good Luck
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